Posted on November 21, 2019
How CREDO donations helped Free Press Action Fund score big victories
This April, more than 64,200 CREDO members voted to donate $44,835 to Free Press Action Fund, a longtime partner in the fight for neutrality, safe online spaces, racial justice and trustworthy local journalism.
These donations, powered by our members who use our products and services every day, helped Free Press Action score some big victories for a free and open internet, launch new campaigns to stop online hate, and protect our rights online.
Photo credit: Brooke Anderson Photography/Free Press, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Here’s just a sample of the work they’ve accomplished since our April donation:
- Free Press won a big victory in April when the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act, legislation that would bring back the strong net neutrality protections the Trump FCC demolished in 2017. The bill passed 232–190 and included support from every Democratic member. The funds granted by CREDO are providing additional fuel to pressure the Senate to pass the bill.
- Free Press won a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop its evisceration of media ownership limits. The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke of the Trump FCC, rejecting its latest attempt to gut media-ownership rules and slamming the agency for relying on analysis that was “so insubstantial that it would receive a failing grade in any introductory statistics class.”
- In August, Free Press Action launched a campaign calling on Twitter to ban white supremacists. The organization joined forces with Change the Terms partners Black Lives Matter Charlottesville, Media Justice and Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was murdered during Charlottesville’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally. They collectively urged Twitter to expand its current policy from one that prohibits dehumanizing tweets that target religious affiliations to one that bans tweets targeting individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
- This November, CREDO joined the Change the Terms coalition, including Free Press, Color Of Change and MediaJustice, for a #StopRacistTwitter protest outside Twitter headquarters demanding that the company ban white supremacists on its platform. We also delivered a petition with 100,000 signatures calling on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to stand on the right side of history by banning white nationalists.
To learn more about Free Press Action, please visit https://www.freepress.net/.
These important victories were fueled in part by CREDO members who use our products, and our members are the reason why we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and CREDO Energy and join our movement.
And don’t forget to check out the three groups we are funding this month, and cast your vote to help distribute our donations.